Since Congress decided to standardize the presidential election day back in 1845 to the Tuesday after the first Monday of November, there have been six previous elections that have fallen on November 6th. Here’s the fun fact: Republicans have won every Presidential election held on November 6th. This means that, statistically speaking, Romney should be able to hold this tradition true. If not, it will break a tradition that has held strong ever since Abraham Lincoln was first elected in 1860.
Here are the previous six elections that were held on November 6th:
- 1860 – Abraham Lincoln over Stephen Douglas
- 1888 – Benjamin Harrison over incumbent Grover Cleveland
- 1900 – William McKinley over William Jennings Bryan
- 1928 – Herbert Hoover over Al Smith
- 1956 – Dwight Eisenhower over Adlai Stevenson
- 1984 – Ronald Reagan over Walter Mondale
So will the streak stay alive this election cycle? Or will President Obama’s reelection break the tradition? We’ll know in a week or so! Leave me your thoughts by commenting below or by tweeting it to me @chrisenloe.
If you are curious about the 2016 Presidential election, it will be held on November 8th. There have been six previous presidential elections held on November 8th, and they have each been won equally - 3 Democrat victories and 3 Republican victories.
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